NRG Optimum Large Breed & Active Canine Free Range Beef Dehydrated Raw Dog Food, 22-lb box

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NRG Optimum Large Breed & Active Canine Free Range Beef Dehydrated Raw Dog Food uses ingredients that recall a time when working dogs ate food prepared in the family kitchen. Crafted with both cooked and raw dehydrated free-range beef along with fresh fruits and vegetables, NRG Optimum is recommended for large breeds, canine athletes and dogs that are new to all-natural feeding. The mix of vegetable and oat fiber soothes the intestinal tract of dogs whose size or activity dictates that their bowl must be filled to the brim.

Key Benefits
  • Provides complete nutrition with no need for supplements, thanks to the wholesome high-quality ingredients that are used. These are the same ingredients that you would find in any grocery store.
  • Farm-fresh ingredients are dehydrated at the manufacture's facility to preserve natural vitamins, minerals and enzymes. This ensures that your pet is getting the best quality food available.
  • Loaded with fruits and vegetables, this product will help support a healthy immune system. This is a balanced food that is suitable for all life stages.
  • Made in Canada with ingredients that are sourced from the USA and Canada. Proven nutrition for over 15 years.
  • Only the best quality ingredients are used to make one of the finest dog foods available, made specially for large and active breeds. Free-range, hormone free Beef is always the first ingredient.

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  • Weight
    22.0 pounds
  • Lifestage
  • Breed Size
    Large Breeds, Giant Breeds
  • Food Form
  • Special Diet
    Human-Grade, Pea-Free, Non-GMO
Nutritional Info

Beef Muscle Meat, Squash, Carrots, Naked Oats, Wheat Germ, Eggs, Beef Liver, Pineapple, Pumpkin, Broccoli, Salmon Filet, Flax Seed, Kale, Cranberries, Blueberries, Apples, Papaya, Parsley, Garlic, Goat Milk Yogurt, Kelp, Apple Cider Vinegar, Egg Shell, Coconut Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Turmeric.

Caloric Content

7,200 kcal/kg, 600 kcal/4 oz cup

Guaranteed Analysis
Feeding Instructions

Dehydration essentially preserves the enzymes in whole food by removing the moisture to slow their activity. To prepare dehydrated foods for consumption, water is simply added back to the food. For every cup of dry food measured, add 1/2 - 3/4 cup of warm water. Mix well and allow to refresh for 20 - 30 minutes before serving. For more complete digestion and smaller stools, split the ration into 2 feedings: morning and evening. Refrigerate leftovers.

For every 20 lbs your dog weighs, feed approximately 1 cup of NRG dry measure. Dogs, just like people, may require more or less than the suggested serving depending on activity level and age.

Transition Instructions

When switching your dog’s diet, we recommend that it be done gradually over a 5 – 7 day period.


Can I mix NRG with other foods?

While feeding NRG as a sole diet will provide the best of benefits for your pet, lifestyle decisions dictate what and how your pet is fed. NRG can be fed in conjunction with other diets to your champion pet with amazing results.

I feed kibble, can I top it with NRG instead of canned food?

NRG is the premium replacement for canned food. Our diets are powerfully palatable and rich in all the natural vitamins and minerals your dog requires.

I feed raw. Is NRG compatible?

If a raw diet is part of your feeding protocol, NRG can be a positive addition. Offer NRG as a separate meal daily to provide the balanced portion of the diet. This will maximize the contribution to your pets’ good health.

Why does Maxim contain wheat germ?

Many dogs today have an intolerance for grains. The trigger for this intolerance is gluten and wheat germ does not contain any gluten. We include wheat germ in all our formulas because it is the most digestible natural source of many nutrients.

I have been told my dog is allergic to grain. Which NRG diets can my dog eat?

Dogs that have an allergy to grain are usually intolerant to the gluten in wheat as it has been overused in pet food for decades. In human medicine people with wheat allergies substitute oats and we find many dogs with a wheat intolerance can do very well on Vital II and Optimum. Maxim is the obvious choice if your dogs last reaction to any grain was severe.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Food

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    My 3 Yo performance boxer loves this food. He is high drive and high energy and has a very sensitive stomach. I love the all natural ingredients He needs the extra calories to keep weight on

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky Approved

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    Great product especially for my fussy Husky who is not food oriented and would rather play than eat compared to my malamute. The ingredient list is straight forward and considering all the recalls on dog foods lately I figured this was one of my best choices. They seem healthier on it and given their ages of 6 and 5 this last vet check they still did not need a dental and I think what they eat really has something to do with all of this. In the warmer months I tend to make it up the night before and leave it in the refrigerator and serve it to them cold. I highly recommend.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great company great dog food

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    I really like how quick I can get my order from this company. Large variety of dog foods and treats!! My dogs love the NRG it is pricey, but worth it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for my GSD with disgestive issues

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    NRG's dehydrated food is the only food my German Shepherd can eat without getting diarrhea. My GSD has Crohn's disease and was virtually living off antibiotics every week. Tried all the high end healthy dried dog food and nothing worked until I came across NRG. He had not had any issues for over 9 months now. Can't say enough how thankful I am with this food.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Gobble worthy

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    My dog absolutely adores his new food. He even licks the empty food bowl just in case a stray remnant remains. It is easy to prepare and once you get used to the routine of preparing the next meal while feeding the ready to go meal it takes no time at all. Just remember to refrigerate the meal once it is hydrated and ready for use later. I feed our dog twice a day.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    It's fine; dog liked it

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    I wanted to try this food and see if there was a noticeable difference in my dog. I only bought this small pouch and since my dog is nearly 90 lbs. it only lasted me 2.5 days. I don't know if you can detect a change in that time. Dog liked it, and I did think her stools were more solid, but I didn't notice a substantial difference for the price it would cost to keep her on it.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Great food, but

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    I have two Saint Bernards, trying to find them food they like is becoming a game. I have tried almost every dehydrated food on chewy and they snub their noses at it. They prefer Taste of the Wild kibble and canned every time. And while I do not like them eating kibble, they are strongly for it. This food is my second choice to Dr. Harvey's Canine Health. Nrg does not smell bad, and looks like dehydrated hamburger chunks. A little powdery at the bottom of the bag, so make sure to mix it up before you open it.

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